2008 Winner

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Kenna ReevesKenna Reeves

Communication and Theatre
Emporia State University

Studies have shown the fear of public speaking ranks up there with the fear of death. So you could say Mrs. Kenna Reeves has been helping people face their worst fears for over 30 years.

How does she do this? According to one colleague, “She encourages her students to think, to make connections, to practice, and to feel that if they make mistakes they will not be ridiculed or treated negatively. What a gift she possesses; the love for her students and the love for teaching.”

As a very active member in her profession, community, department, and university, Mrs. Reeves is a popular instructor and has received numerous awards. “What makes (this award) so special in her case is that she has been a successful high school and university teacher, and she has begun a legacy of training teachers to be successful teachers in the public schools,” writes a colleague.

But Mrs. Reeves believes the legacy comes from her students: “The best part of teaching is what I learn from my students every single time I step into my classroom.”

Mrs. Reeves has worked as an instructor in the communications department at ESU for over 20 years. Previously she taught at Emporia, Chase County, El Dorado and Wabaunsee High Schools. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ESU.